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Divorce by the Numbers

Troubling Statistics

The following are percentages of people in each group who are or have been divorced:

Jewish

30%

Born-again Christian

27%

Evangelical Christian

25%

Christian, but not born again

24%

Mormon

24%

Atheist/agnostic

21%

Definitions: People were classified as "born again" if they said they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is important to their life today and if they answered a multiple choice question about life after death with "after I die I know I will go to heaven because I have confessed by sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my savior." People were classified as evangelical if they met nine theological criteria.

 

Generation

Builders (ages 54-72)

37%

Baby boomers (ages 35-53)

34%

Seniors (ages 79+)

18%

Baby Busters (ages 18-34)

7%

 

Ethnicity

Whites

27%

Blacks

22%

Hispanics

20%

Asians

8%

 

Region

Midwest

27%

South

27%

West

26%

Northwest

19%

 

Household Income

Under $20,000

27%

$20,000 - $39,999

26%

$40,000 - $59,000

26%

$60,000 or more

24%

 

Christian Denomination

Non-denominational

34%

Baptist

29%

Episcopal

28%

Pentecostal

28%

Methodist

26%

Presbyterian

23%

Catholic

21%

Lutheran

21%

Barna surveys went to a randomly picked group of 3,854 people. Surveyors used regional quotas and did multiple callbacks. Their statistics have an error rate of plus or minus two percent with a confidence level of 95 percent.

George Barna said, "of more than 70 other moral behaviors we study, when we compare Christians to non-Christians we rarely find substantial difference."

Cohabitation and Divorce

Here are some troubling statistics taken from Should We Live Together? pubished by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University.

"Fully three-quarters of children born to cohabiting parents will see their parents split up before they reach age 16, whereas only about a third of children born to married parents face a similar fate."

"Annual rates of depression among cohabiting couples are more than three times what they are among married couples."

"And women in cohabiting relationships are more likely than married women to suffer physical and sexual abuse."

"Two studies, one in Canada and the other in the United States, found that women in cohabiting relationships are about nine times more likely to be killed by their partner than are women in marital relationships."

James G. Lewis

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